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CC"-pl Tjl "XT 511 s~~y >5 For this issue, we decided to spotlight Lebanon Valley
lllC 1 laCcS I Oil 11 VJO College graduates pursuing interesting— and often fun-
careers. Our graduates are everywhere — deep-sea diving off
the coast of southern Australia, or teaching skiing atop the Continental Divide in Aspen, Colo.
Some are pursuing exotic careers without straying far from home — a former psychology
major is director of The Falconry Experience by the Hotel Hershey, where he demonstrates
for guests the sport of hunting with falcons.
Our graduates have used the skills they learned at LVC in surprising ways. There's the physics
major who used his expertise to design take-down recurve hunting bows, and then taught
himself how to design high-end, custom Western hats, and the individualized graphic arts
major who morphed into creating custom wedding gowns.
Our alumni work in places ranging from Bora Bora to Scodand. They work for the
familiar — the New England Aquarium, Colonial Williamsburg, The Franklin Institute, the
Martin Guitar Company, the Pennsylvania Ballet — and the less familiar — Griffith Labora-
tories, Maiden Re, International Flavors and Fragrances.
They hold titles ranging from senior research fellow, to CEO, to ski pro.
We had to narrow our list to 20 alumni: authors, designers, scientists, educators, per-
formers, historians, naturalists, graduate students, and death-penalty defenders, to name
The graduates spodighted here represent just a small sample of the many careers a
Lebanon Valley College liberal arts degree has enabled. We hope you enjoy reading about
all the places our alumni have gone, and the impact they are making on our world.
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In the midst of the difficult economic times that have challenged us all these past few months, the
College has re-examined many of its admission and enrollment practices.
According to U.S. News & World Reports 2010 edition of Americas Best Colleges, we are already doing
a lot right. LVC is ranked #2 in the North in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category. We are among
the top three percent in the nation in our category for Average Freshman Retention Rate (meaning the
percentage of freshman students who return for their sophomore year).
Our overall retention actually improved by five percentage points from the fall of 2008 — when 81
percent of our freshmen came back for their sophomore year — to 2009, when 86 percent of our fresh-
men returned. But all that good news has not made us complacent. Last year, we offered assistance to
struggling families in the economic downturn, helping them identify additional sources of financial aid
so students could stay in college.
We are determined to recruit future classes at a time when
the total pool of potential applicants in our region is undergoing a
decline. We want to enroll students with the quality and charac-
ter who historically succeed at the Valley, while increasing our
enrollment from 1,600 to 1,700 over the next few years. We are
learning to create "signature moments" for visiting prospective
students, letting our Valley ambassadors' personal stories about
LVC take center stage so they can truly connect with students
interested in attending Lebanon Valley College.
We have launched a new web site that was brought online to
great acclaim in August at www.lvc.edu . We will renovate and
expand the Mund College Center. Some 40 years after its last
major renovation, the nearly 60-year-old building is looking tired,
particularly in comparison to our competitors' facilities. This fall, the LVC Board of Trustees agreed,
and construction to rebuild is slated to begin in the fall of 2010 and will be completed over a two-
We are now showcasing our campus, students, and faculty in the best light — beginning with the
launch of the GoDutchmen.com sports web site in September 2008, continuing through fall 2009
with the rollout of the rest of the Colleges new web site, and then on to the redesign of all admission
publications. At the same time, our Admission Office has found new ways to reach thousands more
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potential applicants. All of these efforts seem to be paying off. As of December 2009, applications for
fall 2010 were up 28 percent, and inquiries from prospective high school students for fall 201 1 were
up 66 percent.
The students who enroll will find it easy to forge a deep connection to LVC from their first day
on campus. Some first-year students in the Class of 2013 found themselves immersed in learning
communities that cluster students in residence
halls who are enrolled in the same academic
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classes as part of our yearlong colloquium. They have the chance to bond in and out of the classroom.
One learning community that shared a pod in the newly opened Stanson Hall met regularly with Pro-
fessor Jeff Robbins, Ph.D., of the Religion and Philosophy Department, who is director of this years
colloquium on technology, titled Wired. He took his group to New York City where they became so
close, they created their own holiday card.
Dr. Michael Green joined us in July as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. He
has already made great strides toward improving the LVC experience for the "undeclared" or "open"
majors. Shannon Brandt came onboard in July as the Colleges first assistant dean of student success and
advising. She is not only overseeing the advising process for open majors, but also assisting first-year
students with the transition to college life.
Many of our newer programs are aimed at further engaging all LVC students. As part of our inaugural
Distinguished Artists Series, world-renowned musicians offered master classes for
students. Political science students took part for the second year in a three-day Eu-
ropean Union simulation in Washington, D.C. The annual Social Justice Institutes
trip to New York City has been transformative for the 20 students who have taken
part for each of the last few years, as they interviewed workers at various nonprofits
on the frontlines of issues such as racism, sexism, and classism. The Pleet-funded
research grants for the humanities and social sciences have brought a new creativity
to campus (www.lvc.edu/pleetinitiative) . Students and faculty collaborate on research as
varied as alcoholism awareness and art — and those are only two of the many projects
enabled by this generous gift.
It would be impossible to mention all of our students* successes in national and
regional academic competitions and conferences. However, I must highlight three
special achievements. Carissa Devine '09 became the 16th LVC student to be recog-
nized as a Fulbright Scholar and is currently in India doing research on a commune
(blogs.lvc.edu/indiaQ9) . Her interest grew out of her LVC major in religion and
philosophy. LVC s student chapter of the American Cancer Society's Colleges Against
Cancer received three national awards for its work on campus. Finally, the Colleges student chapter of
Special Olympics was named the 2009 Pennsylvania Special Olympics School of the Year.
The past year was a successful one in athletics as well. The football team went 9-2 (the most wins
in program history) and won the ECAC Southwest Bowl. The volleyball team repeated as Common-
wealth Conference champions and, along with field hockey, returned to the NCAA playoffs. The mens
and women's tennis teams made their first NCAA appearances, and Jenn Cronin '1 1 became the first
female cross country runner from LVC to compete in the NCAA National Championships.
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Once again, the softball team was honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as a
national All-Academic Team. Lebanon Valley was the top finisher in the Commonwealth Conference
for team grade point average. Finally, the College was recognized with a Diversity in Athletics award
in the category of Diversity Strategy by the NCAA and the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas
A&M University. LVC is one of 1 1 institutions nationwide recognized for an outstanding diversity
strategy and was the only member of the Middle Atlantic Conferences to receive an award. LVC was
honored for its proactive diversity strategy in athletics and for recognizing the value of diversity within
I also wish to share my deepest respect and appreciation for those LVC colleagues and friends who
have died in the past year. Together, they served the College for almost two centuries. I know many of
you, like me, have fond memories of Dave Evans, former director of career services; Dr. Darwin Glick
H'09> trustee emeritus; Dr. Diane Iglesias, professor of Spanish; Dr. George Reynolds "Rinso" Marquette '48,
vice president emeritus of student affairs; Senator James J. Rhoades III P'95, and Walt Smith '61,
director emeritus of special services and the voice of LVC ice hockey.
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THE PLACES YOU LL
A look at surprising career
paths taken by D/C alumni
What is great — and sometimes disconcerting — about a liberal arts
degree is how flexible it is. An ambitious graduate can do just about
anything with a bachelor s degree. Many choose to follow well-defined
careers such as medicine or law. Others take an unpaved road into
careers that surprise even them.
Take Stephen Scanniello '78. After graduation, the biology major did
what many young people do with an unplanned summer — found a job on a
landscaping crew. "I wasn't sure what I was going to do, but I knew I wasn't
interested in the traditional path of medicine, grad school, etc.," he says. In
1981, led by his interest in botany, Scanniello accepted a teaching position
at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and in 1984, became the curator of the
gardens prestigious Cranford Rose Garden. "I was attracted to the prospect
of having my own garden," Scanniello says, "but I was terrified. The person
who retired from this position was world
Stephen Scanniello 78 renowned and had been there for 30 years. I
World-renowned Rosarian; knew nothing about roses, so I crammed all I
Author: A Rose by Any Name ^j j rea d many ] yoo ] j r St went to rose soc iety
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"Any wild animal that was smaller than me
was destined to be dragged home.
John Jack"Huhky 73
Naturalist; TV Host, Wild Moments;
The Falcomy Experience by the Hotel Hersheg
meetings, pulled up my boot straps and got dirty." Scan-
niello left the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 1998. Now
a world-renowned rosarian in his own right, he spends
his time designing rose gardens for private and public
gardens, writing and lecturing about roses, and serving
as a judge for international rose trials. In 2009, Algon-
quin Books published his most recent work, A Rose by
Any Name: The Little-Known Lore and Deep-Rooted His-
tory of Rose Names.
Like Scanniello, Jeremy Brodt '01 majored in biology.
However, his interests were decidedly damper. Today,
he s a senior aquarist at the New England Aquarium
in Boston, a job he loves, though it took a girl — and a
penguin — to get him there.
"I've always loved penguins and wanted to work with
them," Brodt says. "I had applied for an internship with
penguins at the New England Aquarium during
the summer after my senior year at LVC, but
my housing fell through at the last minute so I
wasn't able to do it." Instead, he went on for a
master's degree in biology at the University of
Delaware, thought about pursuing a doctoral
degree, and started dating a woman who hap-
pened to be from Boston. "I figured that since I had
some time to hear from doctoral programs, it might be a
good time to fulfill my dream of working with penguins,
so I followed my two loves — the girl and penguins — up
to Boston," he explains. "I instandy fell in love with
Boston, married the girl, and ended up with a job that
I never even previously thought about, but fell in love
But how did he get from penguins to fish? "I was
actually interning in the penguin colony area when a
full-time, temporary position working with fish in the
galleries opened up," he says. "At that point, I had never
taken a marine biology class, but I'm always eager to
learn new things and thought there would be a lot to
learn, so I signed on."
Soon enough, Brodt's temporary position became
permanent. Today, he's responsible for the care and feed-
ing of various creatures — fish, amphibians, reptiles, and
invertebrates — in the aquariums exhibits and behind-
the-scenes holding tanks. He also keeps an eye on their
interactions; monitors the quality of the water; and
designs, repairs, and cleans filtration systems.
"I really end up being part biologist, part vet,
part plumber, part carpenter, and part gardener,"
he says. Tm fortunate because I get to work with a
pretty diverse group of animals, from the hulking goliath
groupers, to the ornately camouflaged sea dragons, to
the unique mudskippers."
Brodt recently returned from a trip to the southern
coast of Australia where he studied the sea dragon. Its
these kinds of adventures that make his job so enjoyable.
"I love that I get to do a variety of tasks. I get to interact
with the animals, work with my hands, problem-solve,
dive and collect in the field, and constandy learn new
things," he says.
For Christina Felly '09 it took a little more time —
and a chance encounter with an LVC alumna — to
discover her calling. She started out as a math education
major at New York University, but after a semester, real-
ized that path wasn't for her. "I came home and worked
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a huge responsibility, but also one of great personal
satisfaction. I cant think of anything else I'd rather be
doing with my life."
John Boag '80 finds himself in a career that's equally
unexpected — and just as personally compelling. A
history major at LVC, Boag figured he'd find work in a
museum after he graduated. Litde did he know that one
day he'd essentially be a museum. Boag is the master
craftsman of the wheelwright shop at Colonial Wil-
liamsburg in Virginia. He's one of only three people
on the planet who builds wooden wagon wheels using
nothing but pre-industrial tools — that means no com-
puter-aided design, no power saws or sanders . . . and
no nails. "I spent the summer after my second year at
LVC interpreting at a water-powered grist mill," Boag
says. "That got me hooked on pre-industrial technology.
From there on, I knew what my main interest was."
Preserving and perpetuating a skill that pretty much no
one does anymore is deeply meaningful to Boag. "I feel
entrusted with the preservation of the skills and knowl-
edge of the trade," he says.
Christina Petty '09 full time while trying to find
Veterinary Student something to return to school for,"
University of Glasgow ,
J J * she says.
Meanwhile, she adopted a puppy, which meant, soon
enough, a visit to the local veterinarian. "The vet talked
me through all the procedures and treated my dog like
she was her own," says Felty. "I was instantly and almost
inexplicably drawn to this profession. The vet then told
me she went to Lebanon Valley as an undergraduate."
Who was this inspirational vet? Dr. Melody Enck '00
who practices in Lebanon.
Soon, Felty enrolled at LVC as a biochemistry and
molecular biology major on track for veterinary
school. When it came time to apply, Felty found herself
drawn to vet schools in the United Kingdom, largely
because she admired their broad-based and hands-on
approach to teaching. She chose Scotland's Univer-
sity of Glasgow, in part because its the alma mater of
veterinarian James Herriot, author of the All Creatures
Great and Small series. "I can only hope I'm half the
vet he was!" Felty says. "There's nothing quite like the
human-animal bond. To play a major role in that is
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Like Boag, David Doll '99 practices a time-honored
handicraft. He had no idea when he signed on with the
Martin Guitar Company a couple months after gradu-
ation that he had stumbled on his dream job. Doll earned
a degree in trumpet performance from LVC. He spent
the first months after graduation working at a local
golf course, and that fall, applied for an opening at
Martin in Nazareth, Pa. He had dabbled in guitar when
he was a kid, and had played at a few open mic nights
at MJ's Coffeehouse while at LVC, but he didn't really
consider himself a guitar person. Yet something about
working with the instrument felt familiar. "When I
was a little kid I used to make guitars
out of tissue boxes, with paper towel
tube necks and rubber bands as
strings," he says.
David Doll '99
Custom Repair and Artist
Martin Guitar Company
"I feel entrusted with
the preservation of the
skills and knowledge
of the trade. "
John Boag '80
Doll started out installing frets in guitar fingerboards,
eventually moving on to stringing and final inspection,
and finally to his current position as a customer repair
and artist relations technician. Learning to build
guitars has differed from taking music lessons. "The
knowledge is not readily available or taught in a class,"
Doll explains. "Its up to you to grow and learn."
Working at Martin has inspired Doll to develop his own
line of electric guitars and to do some performing, too. He
was voted best acoustic guitarist in the Lehigh Valley in
2006 and continues to record and perform throughout the
country on guitar and trumpet.
Doll feels fortunate to be at Martin. "People travel from
all over the world to visit the facility," he says. "The feet
that Fin part of the history and that its helped me build
on what Fve done since I was 5 years old is, to me, the
greatest career I could have."
know much about this museum other than when I was
in grade school. My sister went on a field trip to The
Franklin Institute and I didn't," she says. "I was quite
jealous!" After graduation, Kindt enrolled in the mu-
seum education program at The University of the Arts
in Philadelphia. A nearby internship at The Franklin In-
stitute turned into a full-time position in August 2004.
"I never get tired of teaching and learning in the
most interactive ways our creative brains can think of,"
Kindt says. "I've had the opportunity to engage people
in various science topics from chemistry to anatomy to
nanotechnology to lightning to trebuchets and cata-
pults. There truly is never a boring day here.
"Fm not sure how other people make it through their
work days without getting to dissect a cows eyeball, make
a tornado in a bottle, or explode a tiny film canister full
of water and Alka Seltzer," she adds. "But its all in a
days work in the museum programs department at The
"When I was a little kid I
used to make guitars out
of tissue boxes, with paper
towel tube necks ana
rubber bands as strings. *
David Doll 99
Custom Repair and Artist Relations Technician
Martin Guitar Company
Jessica Kindt '01 is also amazed at her good fortune
in finding a career. Today, she is a programs manager
at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, but when
she declared her biology major at LVC, she expected to
become a school teacher like so many of her relatives.
"Teaching runs in the family," she says." She took an
internship with the youth program at The Whitaker
Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. "It was
there that I fell head-over-heels in love with educating
in museums," she says.
But how did she get to The Franklin Institute? It
wasn't from having been there as a kid. "I actually didn't
If there's an LVC graduate whose career path has been
the most circuitous, it may be John R. Morris '59.
A chemistry major at LVC, Morris went on to earn a
masters degree from the University of New Hamp-
shire — in physics. Dr. Jacob "Jake" Rhodes '43, now
LVC professor emeritus of physics, recruited Morris to
come back and teach at the Valley, which he did for sev-
eral years. Today, Morris is a founding partner of the
Rocky Mountain Hat Company in Bozeman, Mont.
How he got from point to point is a tale worth telling.
"I was recruited by General Electric while I was still
teaching physics at Lebanon Valley," Morris says. He
moved to Syracuse, N.Y., to take on a project physicist
position with the company, and after that project ended,
moved to GE's research lab in Schenectady, N.Y. In
1978, his marriage ended, and with his children both in
college in Colorado, Morris decided to move west to be
closer to them. He worked in different capacities during
Colorado's oil-and-gas boom in the late '70s and early
'80s. "It was a pretty uncontrolled but dynamic time,"
he says, "and it was really a lot of fun." In 1983, he
remarried and moved to Bozeman, where his life took
on a whole new complexion.
"From the time I was a kid, one of my hobbies has
always been bowhunting," says Morris. "At one point
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"Irn not sure how other people make it through their
wurk days without getting to dissect a cows eyeball, make a
tornado in a bottle, or explode a tiny film canister full of water
andAlka Seltzer. " , . „.,.„,
Jessica Kindt '01
The Franklin Institute
"It was completely on-the-job training. I didn't have
an accounting background or a business background,
but you can learn to read balance sheets. *
Michael Scolamiero '81
I was looking for a new bow and I couldn't find one I
liked. So, being a physicist, I designed a bow and built
it for myself and started hunting with it," he says. "I
took some record-book animals with it, and pretty
soon, I built one for my son and some for my friends.
That led to a business building custom take-down
recurve hunting bows." Eventually his son joined the
business, and the two have worked together ever since.
Then there came a day, Morris says, when he realized
he needed a new hat. "I wanted a good custom hat
and I couldn't find one," he says. "I figured out how to
make one, and after that, I made some for a couple of
my hunting buddies. Pretty soon people were asking me
if I could make them hats."
One hat led to another, and today the Rocky Mountain
Hat Company designs more than 100 models of high-
end, custom-made, Western-style hats — "everything
from fedoras to cowboy-type hats," Morris says, and
the company is doing quite well, with a nine-month
backlog of business.
"After you've built about 10,000 hats, the next
10,000 aren't that exciting," Morris admits. "But the
best thing about this business is that probably 90
percent of my good personal friends are people who
walked into the hat shop to buy a hat. That's been the
thing that's really enjoyable about the business. And
you're making something that's a high-quality product
that people take pride in wearing."
If you want an example of dedication, talk to George
Neill '76. He studied business administration and
economics at LVC on a scholarship from Griffith
Laboratories, the global food-product manufacturer
in Alsip, 111., that had employed his father for decades.
After graduation, Neill went to work for Griffith, too.
"My first job was as an assistant foreman in the mixing
department," he says. "It was a low-end management
position, probably as low-end as you get." But over
the years, Neill worked his way up through 10 differ-
ent positions at Griffith, from night-shift sanitation
supervisor through manufacturing operations, quality
improvement, and information technology, to his cur-
rent position as director of worldwide continuous im-
provement. "My theory is, if you're reasonably good at
whatever you do, you generally can be used in a lot of
different areas," he says. "If you're organized, you have a
good work ethic, your loyalty is there, your integrity is
there — you can help out."
Karen Lewis Schmitt '80 has taken a similarly
flexible approach to her career. She started out as a
math major with the intention of one day teaching in
a high school, until an admissions counselor suggested
actuarial science might be a better fit. After Schmitt
enrolled in a few classes, she never looked back. Today,
Schmitt is president of Maiden Re, a reinsurance
underwriter in Mt. Laurel, N.J. Her career rise attests
to Schmitt's adaptability. "I started here as an actuary,"
she says. "I began to pick up other responsibilities over
the years, and in 2008, 1 was promoted to chief operat-
ing officer." She was named president of the company
in 2009. "How do you learn to become president?" she
asks rhetorically. "You just do all the pieces at one point
or another in your career."
"My theory is, if you re
reasonably good at
whatever you do, you
generally can be used in
a lot of different areas.
George Neill 76
Director of Worldwide Continuous Improvement
Being nimble enough to seize opportunities and learn
on the job also benefitted Michael Scolamiero '81.
He graduated from LVC thinking he'd become a music
teacher. Today, he's executive director of the Penn-
sylvania Ballet in Philadelphia, one of the country's
largest ballet companies with an annual budget of
more than $10 million. For Scolamiero, a part-time
job in graduate school at Penn State opened his eyes
to his interest in arts management — and being a quick
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study taught him how. "I served as the assistant to the
conductor of the symphony orchestra at Penn State," he
says. "In that capacity, I was working in public relations,
personnel, and administration. I found that I was good
After graduate school, Scolamiero moved to the
Philadelphia area and volunteered as personnel manager
for the Haddonfield Symphony in New Jersey. He also
served as executive director of the West Jersey Chamber
Music Society in Moorestown, and the Choral Arts
Society of Philadelphia. He has been with the Pennsyl-
vania Ballet since 1997.
"I've always been anti-death
penalty. . . / can make a
difference to people society
has discarded. "
Taking a broad, multi-disciplinary view of matters is
crucial to Maria DeLiberato Chamberlin '00 as
she works to help Florida prison inmates avoid death
row. At LVC, Chamberlin majored in political science
and minored in English literature, but knew she was
ultimately headed for law school. After passing the
bar exam, she worked at the state attorneys office in
Miami, Fla., eventually moving on to Tampa's Capital
Collateral Regional Counsel, which reviews criminal
cases where the defendant has been sentenced with the
death penalty. "Essentially were the last line of defense,"
Chamberlin says. "Its our job to look at the whole
case from the beginning and make sure the lawyers did
everything they were supposed to do, and make sure the
prosecutors turned over all the evidence." Chamberlin
is passionate about her work. "Ive always been anti-
death penalty," she admits — and she's passionate about
contributing to her community in a meaningful way. "I
can make a difference to people society has discarded,"
Maria DeLiberato Chamberlin W
Tampa Capital Collateral Regional Counsel
"An arts organization typically does not have the
benefit of having well-organized management that
really approaches the operations in a practical manner
and that has a sensitivity to the mission of the organiza-
tion," Scolamiero says. "With my music background
and my love of classical music and the arts in general,
when I sit down with the artistic director, I'm looking
at trying to make a season work. I'm not just thinking
about the bottom line. I can really relate to the artistic
director s needs with respect to challenging the audience
and challenging the performers."
But how did he learn to run the business end of
things? "It was completely on-the-job training," Sco-
lamiero says. "I didn't have an accounting background
or a business background, but you can learn to read bal-
ance sheets. And knowing that, at the end of the day I
can sit back and watch a performance with an organiza-
tion of this caliber, its really a great thing."
Like Chamberlin, George Reiner '86 also evaluates
the big picture — but on a molecular level. At LVC,
Reiner studied chemistry. He'd always been interested
in the field of instrumental analytical chemistry,
where scientists work out what ingredients, in what
amounts, make up a given substance. After graduate
school at Virginia Tech, where he studied explosives
detection, Reiner was hired by Exxon in the field of
petroleum analysis. Nine years later, he was recruited
by International Flavors and Fragrances in New York
City, which produces flavors and fragrances for clients
around the world. Today, Reiner is a senior research
fellow with the company and leads its chromatography
group, which analyzes plant fragrances and helps the
company synthesize new flavors and fragrances for
use in products. For Reiner, the best part of the job is
solving a chemical puzzle. "You have a problem that
you're trying to troubleshoot — maybe we're looking at
plants and we want to know why they smell the way
they smell," he says. "You end up with all these bits of
information from the different tests, and you have to
make sense of them."
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"...you re making something that's
a high-quality product that people
can take pride in wearing.
Dark Dixon Strait '87
At LVC, business major
Charles Beirne '82 threw
the shot put for the track team
and captained his football team for two years. After
graduation, he figured he was destined for a career as an
accountant. "When I left LVC, I worked in New Jersey
for the city of Atlantic City in the finance department.
Then, I became the city manager of Ventnor," Beirne
says. But, 1 1 years ago, he realized he was ready for
a change, so he signed on as director of finance for
SMG Vforld, the world s largest private management
firm for public facilities, such as convention centers, ex-
hibition halls, and arenas. Today, he's a regional general
manager in charge of both the Adantic City Conven-
tion Center and near by Historic Boardwalk Hall. "Its
the entertainment business! Every day is different," he
says. He has overseen the planning and execution of
diverse events — from the International Power Boat Show
and the Adantic 10 Mens Basketball Championship,
to midget car races and concerts by Madonna, Paul
McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, and more.
The 19th-century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer
once noted that when you look back over your life, it
can tend to read like a novel with meaningful plots and
subplots weaving into a whole that feels remarkably,
well, whole. The career of Lonna Snavely Thomp-
son *75 is a good example. An English major at LVC,
she always thought she'd be a teacher — and for a couple
years, she was. She was teaching a high school English
class on mass media when she discovered two things. "I
realized I wasn't designed to be a teacher," she says, "but
I was passionate about the subject matter." Thompson
went to graduate school for a masters degree in com-
munications and got a job as a paralegal at a Washing-
ton, D.C., law firm that specialized in communications
issues. That job eventually inspired her to go on to law
school at Georgetown University.
After about a decade in private practice doing com-
munications law, Thompsons life took another turn
when she and her husband started their family. First,
they welcomed a set of twins, and then, two years later,
a third child. Thompson decided to scale back for a few
years, and took a part-time position with the Associa-
tion of Public Television Stations (APTS), a nonprofit
in Arlington, Va., that supports non-commercial televi-
sion. As her children got older, she transitioned back
to full-time work with the association, taking on more
responsibility as her children grew. Today, she's senior
vice president and general counsel for APTS.
"I see that what I'm doing now combines all of my
careers," she says. "It combines my love for teaching
and education, my love for communication and mass
media, and my legal training. Its an ideal mix for me
to be working in a field that really makes a difference,
. particularly in early childhood education. And it's been
really fun. I get up every day feeling enthusiastic about
The career of Mary Ellen Hume-Hamor '76 has
been similarly multifaceted. Now, the LVC psychology
graduate is a site procurement specialist with Helms-
Briscoe, a global conference services firm in Scottsdale,
Ariz. "I help corporate, association, government, and
nonprofit clients find the best destinations and hotels
for their meetings, conferences, and special events,"
she says. "My clients are primarily U.S. and Canadian
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organizations, and IVe secured meeting venues on
their behalf ranging from New York and Los Angeles
to Barcelona and Bora Bora. Its a pretty good fit for
someone long interested in people and world cultures,
Hume-Hamor admits. "Travel and the hospitality
industry gave me the chance to experience people from
all walks of life and to see the value in our similarities
After graduating from LVC, Hume-Hamor mar-
ried, had a daughter, and ultimately divorced. She then
moved to New York City and took a job in advertising.
Eventually, she moved to Aruba to handle sales and
marketing for a tall ship charter company. That position
led to work in Southern California, Washington State,
and New York City in the travel and tourism industry.
In 2005, she was recruited to work for HelmsBriscoe.
"I have the wonderful opportunity to work with people
from all over the world," she says. "My work also allows
me to concentrate on what I want to do without being
limited by where I want to live. I can do my job from
anywhere that has Internet access and cell service."
today, she runs her own dressmaking business in the
Lancaster area. Gowns by Karen Chow specializes in
wedding dress design, construction, and alteration —
creative work that Chow says she's long done for
herself. "IVe always sewn and made my own dresses,"
says Chow. "Sewing comes to me naturally; its just
something I like to do. My grandmother loves to sew
and quilt, my mother does a lot of crafty stuff, and its
sort of been passed down to me."
After graduation, Chow wanted to explore new
options. "I went out and took some classes, like pat-
ternmaking and draping," she says. "I opened my own
business and just went for it. Its going on 1 1 years, and
going very well. I have a very steady clientele, and I can
pretty much count on having a certain income every
Chow finds that her career suits her, if you'll pardon
the metaphor, like an expertly tailored gown. "This fits
well into my life," she says. With two small children,
being able to work from her home is a real bonus. "Its
something that I feel I was meant to do. I cant imag-
ine anything else I could do with my life, so I'm glad I
started it when I was young instead of waiting until I
"Travel and the hospitality
industry gave me the chance
to experience people from
all walks of life and to see
the value in our similarities
and differences. y>
Mary Ellen Hume-Hamor 76
Site Procurement Specialist
While some find their calling accidentally and others
use their educations to move into positions of increas-
ing responsibility, sometimes a liberal arts graduate s
career is right in front of them, in the form of a hobby
or pastime. Karen Moyer Chow *94 came to
LVC thinking she would go into graphic design. But
Like Chow, Darla Dixon Strait '87 has developed
a career that lets her do what she loves while giving
her the flexibility she needs as the mother of two small
children. A flute performance major at LVC, today
Strait is a ski professional in Aspen, Colo. Although
she grew up skiing from the age of 3, Strait finds that it
was the one-on-one teaching skills she picked up in her
myriad flute lessons that have helped her the most on
the slopes, where she teaches young skiers ages 7 to 17.
"I'm not the best skier in the world," she says. "They
actually hired me for my teaching skills. I learned how
to teach by paying attention to how my teachers taught
me. You also learn through all those hours of practic-
ing and listening to yourself and evaluating your own
After graduating from LVC, Strait went on to earn a
master s degree in flute performance from Ohio State
University. But she was having a hard time finding
enough work performing and teaching, so she moved to
New York City to look for better-paying opportunities.
PRESIDENT'S REPORT 19 |
"I got a job at Carnegie Hall working in their press of-
fice," she says. "I also worked at the Manhattan School
of Music and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts,
all in public relations." This work led to a position in
2003 as publicity director at the world-renowned Aspen
Music Festival and School. After she left that position,
Strait was ready for something different, so she began
to teach skiing. She also met and married her husband
in Aspen and now has a 3-year-old daughter and a
2-month-old son. "I live in one of the most beautiful
places on the planet," she says, "and I'm never leaving!"
1 never would have
guessed that Fd own my
own business, especially
Ca hockey store.
Scott Schilling '03 y
James Sbarro '82 is also making a living doing
something he's always loved doing: running his own
business. Sbarro is president and CEO of Farmland
Foods, Inc., a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods in Smith-
field, Va., and one of the country's largest producers
of pork products. Farmland employs more than 9,300
people at 13 plants and does more than $3.5 billion in
annual sales throughout the United States and in more
than 60 countries. "I always had a dream of owning
my own business," he says. "I'd grown up in the food
business, working in a deli currendy owned by my
brother. What I didn't realize at the time was that little
deli taught me basic business disciplines that, believe it
or not, translate into big business. Cash flow, employee »
relations, inventory management, finance, procure-
ment, advertising, marketing, operations — these hands-
on encounters laid a solid foundation for my current
career." Sbarro majored in business at LVC and later
earned a masters degree in business administration.
"I suppose I could be in the widget business, but I've
always had a passion for food," he says. "The food busi-
ness is resilient, dynamic, and ever-changing. Everyone
has to eat!"
Scott Schilling '03 also found his career through
extracurricular interests. At LVC, he studied hotel
management and marketing. But outside of class, Schil-
ling spent a lot of his time at the Hersheypark Arena as
a member of the Valleys ice hockey team. He came to
LVC by way of Wisconsin, where he'd grown up play-
ing hockey since the age of 3. After graduation, Schil-
ling's father, who had retired to Florida, suggested that
his son open a hockey equipment store there. "We did
some market research, and here we are," says Schilling,
who opened Gulf Coast Hockey Plus in Estero, Fla.,
in 2005. The shop specializes in ice and in-line hockey
equipment and supplies, and lacrosse equipment. The
store is doing so well, Schilling plans to open another
two stores this year.
But a hockey store in Florida? "You wouldn't think
of Florida as a hockey state, but hockey does very well
here," Schilling says, citing the state's two NHL teams
and numerous minor league teams. "There are a lot of
northern transplants here in southern Florida who have
enjoyed and played hockey all their lives."
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Still, Schilling is surprised to see himself in this busi-
ness. "I never would have guessed that I'd own my own
business, especially a hockey store," he says. He credits
his father and his wife, Amber Shotwell Schilling *02,
for encouraging him and helping him get started.
Schilling never put away his stick after graduating
from LVC. He recendy returned to Pennsylvania for an
alumni hockey game in Hersheypark Arena. "We had a
great turnout," he says. "All the guys have kept in great
contact with each other through the years." He credits
the late off-ice coordinator Walt Smith '61 for keep-
ing the players connected. "For years, he sent monthly
newsletters about what was happening with ice hockey
alumni," he says.
John "Jack" Hubley *73 is another alumnus who
found a way to fold his earliest love into a career he
never could have imagined. "I ve been a naturalist
from the age of 6, when I got my first butterfly net," he
says. "Any wild animal that was smaller than me was
destined to be dragged home." Today, Hubley is host
of Wild Moments, a nature segment airing during the
evening news on Lancaster's NBC affiliate, WGAL-TV.
Hubley chose psychology as his major at LVC
because he thought he could learn a lot about animal
behavior without getting bogged down in classes like
chemistry and physics. After graduation, he applied his
love of the outdoors to a career in journalism, where
he focused on writing articles about the outdoors. "At
one point, I had interviewed the program director at
WGAL regarding the host of Call of the Outdoors? he
says, describing a locally produced nature program
the station was airing at the time. "Later the program
director called and asked me if I wanted to audition to
host the show." Hubley says he leapt at the opportunity
despite never having been on television before — and
he got the job. Since then, he's hosted three different
outdoor programs for the station, including the long-
running Wild Moments, which was syndicated on 140
broadcast stations nationwide between 2000 and 2004.
Hubley also does wildlife programming in local
elementary and middle schools, and serves as director
of The Falconry Experience by the Hotel Hershey, for
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. "Ive been a falconer
James Sbarro "82 for 23 years," he says. "I really
President and CEO t ove the privi l ege G f being able
Farmland Foods, Inc. . « c , , .11
to go into the held with the
raptors and hunt in partnership with them and watch
them do what they've evolved to do.
"The big appeal to me is to bridge that gap between
man and the wild. That's magical to me," he says. "Do-
ing what I do with television and in schools, I get to
share that magic with people and maybe open up the
world of wildlife to them, particularly the kids."
Hubley s story — in fact, all of these stories — highlight
what's exciting about taking a liberal arts approach
toward education and career. It has something to do
with opening yourself and preparing yourself to take
advantage of unexpected opportunities. "Life takes
you in directions that you have no way of dreaming of
ahead of time," Hubley says. "Opportunities come up
that blindside you. You get a phone call from a director
of an NBC affiliate who asks if you want to try out for
a television host spot. I never dreamed something like
that would happen!"
What's key, he says, is taking advantage of opportuni-
ties when they arise and being willing to run with them
wherever they take you. "In the end, you probably wind
up where you should be — if you're willing to work," he
says. And as these LVC alumni can attest, that can be a
pretty surprising — and fascinating — place.
PRESIDENT'S REPORT 21 |
William Lehr Jr.
Dr. Edward H. Arnold H'87
Katherine J. Bishop
Harry B. Yost '62
Beth Esler Douglas
Deborah R. Fullam '81
James M. Mead
Kristen R. Angstadt 74, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Supervisor of Pupil Services, Capital Area Intermediate
Edward H. Arnold H'87 # B.A., LH.D.
Chairman, Arnold Logistics
Katherine J. Bishop, B.A., M.S.
President, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation
Edward D. Breen, B.S.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tyco Electronics
The Rev. Alfred T. Day III, B.A., M.Div.
Senior Pastor, Historic St. George's Methodist Church
Wesley T. Dellinger '75, B.S., CRS, GRI, CSP
ABR Realtor, Brownstone Real Estate
Geret P. DePiper '68, B.A.
Retired Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer,
CSX World Terminals
Ronald J. Dmevich, B.S.
Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chair of the Board,
Capital Blue Cross; Retired Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Charles R. Fisher '09
James G. Glasgow '81, B.S.
Managing Director/Partner, Five Mile Capital Partners, Inc.
Gary Grieve-Carlson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Professor of English, Director of General Education Program, LVC
Robert E. Harbaugh 74, B.A., M.D.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Penn
State College of Medicine
Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger, B.A., M.Ed.
Chief Executive Officer, A.S.K. Foods, Inc.
John F. Jurasits Jr. P'03, B.S.
Retired Vice President, Solution Technologies, Inc.
F. Obai Kabia 73, P'99, P'00, P'02, B.S., M.P.A.
Political Affairs Officer, United Nations
George J. King '68, B.S.
President/Chief Financial Officer, RWS Energy Services
Louis B. Laguna, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, LVC
Malcolm L. Lazin '65, B.S., J.D.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Equality Forum
William Lehr Jr., B.B.A., J.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Blue Cross;
Community Volunteer; Retired Senior Vice President and
Secretary, Hershey Foods Corp.
Stephen C. MacDonald, B.A., Ph.D.
James M. Mead, B.S., M.A.
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Blue
Daniel K. Meyer '81, B.A., M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Program Director, Division of
Infectious Diseases, Cooper University Hospital
John S. Oyler, B.A., J.D.
Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC
Thomas E. Philips, B.A., M.B.A.
Retired Senior vice President, Merrill Lynch & Co.
Lynn G. Phillips '68, B.S., M.S.E., D.Ed.
Retired Senior Director and Chief Administration Officer,
Custom Programs, Aresty Institute of Executive Education,
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
George M. Reider Jr. '63, B.S.
Retired Insurance Executive and Former Insurance
Commissioner, State of Connecticut
Stephen H. Roberts '65, B.S.
President, Echo Data Services, Inc.
Elliott Robinson, B.S.
Vice President of Administration, Milton Hershey School
Elyse Rogers 76, B.A., J.D.
Partner, Keefer Wood Allen & Rahal, LLP
Frank R. Sourbeer 72, B.A.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Wilsbach Distributors, Inc.
Alan A. Symonette, B.A., J.D.
Kristen E.U has '10
Scott N. Walck, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics, LVC
Albertine P. Washington, H'97, B.A., D.P.
Retired Educator, Lebanon School District
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Samuel A. Willman '67, B.S., M.Com.
President, Delta Packaging, Inc.
Harry B. Yost '62, B.S., J.D., LL.M.
Senior Partner, Appel & Yost, LLP
Raymond H. Carr, Ph.B., LLB.
Realtor, Commercial and Industrial Developer
Ross W. Fasick '55, H'03, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., LH.D.
Retired Senior Vice President, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
Eugene C Fish H'82, B.S., J.D., LH.D.
Chairman and President, Peerless Industries, Inc.; Chairman
of the Board, Eastern Foundry Company; Managing
Partner, Romeika, Fish and Scheckter
Eugene R. Geesey '56, B.S.
Retired, Owner/President, CIB Inc.
*Darwin G. Glick '58, B.S., H'09
Retired President, Glick, Stanilla and Siegel, C.P.A.
Martin L. Giuntz '53, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Retired Vice President, Technical Services, Hershey
International Division, Hershey Foods Corporation
Elaine G. Hackman '52, B.A.
Retired Business Executive
The Rev. Gerald D. Kauffman '44, H'65, A.B., B.D., D.D.
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; Officer of the
Courts, County of Cumberland; Pastor Emeritus, Grace
United Methodist Church
Kenneth H. Plummer
Retired President, E.D. Plummer Sons, inc.
Thomas C. Reinhart '58, H'97, B.S., LH.D.
Retired Owner/President, T.C.R. Packaging, Inc.
Bruce R. Rismiller '59, B.A., M.S.
Retired Executive Vice President, Northwest Airlines
F. Allen Rutherford Jr. '37, H'85, B.S., LLD.
Retired Principal, Arthur Young and Company
The Rev. Daniel L Shearer '38, H'65, A.B., M.S.T., S.T.M., D.D.
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church
Morton Spector H'02
Design House Kitchens and Appliances, LLC
Elizabeth K. Weisburger '44, H'89, B.S., Ph.D., D.Sci.
Retired Chief of Carcinogen Metabolism and Toxicology
Branch, National Cancer Institute
Harlan R. Wengert, B.S., M.B.A., D.Sci.
Retired Chairman of the Board, Wengert's Dairy, Inc.
*E.D. Williams Jr. H'88
The Rev. J. Dennis Williams, H'90, B.A., M.Div., D.Min.,
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; Former District
Superintendent and Dean of Cabinet of the Eastern
Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church
Suzanne H. Arnold H'96
Community Leader and Philanthropist
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson '75, B.A., M.Div., D.Min.
Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of The United Methodist
Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, B.A., M.Div.
Bishop of the Central PA Conference of The United Methodist
Editors: Kelly Alsedek, Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97, Lauren
McCartney Cusick P'08, Meghan Gibson, Dr. Tom Hanrahan,
Natalie Hope McDonald '97, Cindy Progin '04, Katrina Wells '1 1,
and Anita Williams
Writers: Christine Brandt Little, Feature; Lauren McCartney
Cusick P'08 and Dr. Tom Hanrahan
Designer: Tom Casta nzo,
Primo 106 Marketing Communications, Inc.
Primary Photography: Matthew Lester
Additional Photography: Robert Boag, Carmen Cortez,
Ann Cortissoz, Don Hamerman, Linda Kelly, Florence Lee,
Doug Plummer, and Chip Strait
| PRESIDENT'S REPORT 23
Statement of Activities
For year ended June 30
REVENUES AND OTHER ADDITIONS
Educational and General:
Tuition and Fees (net of institutional
Gifts and Private Grants
Endowment / Investment Income
Interest on Loans
Gains on Investments, Net
Total Revenue and Other Additions
EXPENDITURES AND OTHER DEDUC
Educational and General:
Operation and Maintenance of Plant
Student Aid (government)
Total Expenditures and Other Deductions
Change in Net Assets
Net Assets Beginning of Year
Net Assets End of Year
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PRESIDENT'S REPORT | 2008-2009
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